It's important to understand that medical tourism is not for everyone. In the US, for example, there are certain procedures that few countries can match when it comes to quality and price. Also, for patients who are looking for early diagnoses, it doesn't always make sense to travel abroad in order to have a doctor look them over. However, taking a medical vacation is an excellent option for many.
Many countries with socialized medicine have unusually long wait times coupled with copious amount of regulatory paperwork and bureaucratic red tape. Not surprisingly, countries such as England have actually begun encouraging their citizens to receive medical attention abroad due to the shorter waiting times and lower costs.
In the United States, wait times are usually quite reasonable, but Americans have other incentives for going abroad to receive medical treatment. In 2006, the Census Bureau indicated that 46.6 million Americans had no medical insurance. An additional 120 million were without dental insurance. Thus, it's easy to see why more than 500,000 Americans took medical and dental vacations that year. If you're someone who doesn't want to break the bank or wait a long time for medical treatment, then a medical vacation might be right for you.
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